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country so great. because i was legitimately sad that i upset people in buffalo and elsewhere, i invited them on the program. thank you very much for being on with me. i just want to explain, and make sure you understand that when i said it's so stupid, i was giggling and talking about myself giggling yet again. >> we accept your apology, mr. cooper, graciously, we do. as a gesture, to prove that we're genuine in our acceptance of your apology, i personally would like to invite you on behalf of dyngas day, buffalo, and on behalf of the entire city of buffalo, to come to our festivities next year, and you'll be the very first ever pussy willow prince. we'll crown you as the pussy willow prince. >> are you trying to make me giggle again? >> i hope everyone knows i was calling myself and my stupid laugh stupid, not dyngas day, and if i did really offend you, i'm sorry. i said it last night, i'll say it again to the good citizens of buffalo and elsewhere, happy belated dyngas day. >> 2012 was quite a year in ridiculist history indeed.
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you can watch all the lists on thanks for watching. join me tomorrow. "erin burnett outfront" starts now. >> next, a top republican threatens to shut down the government if the president won't negotiate on the debt ceiling. and one of our guests says the next president of the united states will be black. and why one politician accused of a crime was stripped and beaten. we'll show it to you. let's go "outfront." good friday evening, everyone.
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i'm erin burnette. "outfront" tonight, on the brink of battle. a threat today from a top republican to shut down the government if president obama refuses to negotiate over the debt ceiling. the second most powerful republican in the senate, minority whip john cornyn of texas wrote in an op-ed today, president obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately. will those threats work? a senior democrat says if the republicans don't want to raise the debt ceiling, it will be on their shoulders. >> risking government shutdown, risking not raising the debt ceiling is playing with fire. >> playing with fire. douglas holtz-eakin is the former director of the congressional budget office. robert reich is a former u.s. labor secretary and author of a book that explains how we all feel these days, beyond outrage over what has gone wrong with our economy, our democracy, and how to fix it. i hope you have solutions to solve the crisis we all feel. but, robert, let me start with you. in john cornyn's scenario where we shut down the government, how dire of an outcome is that? >> well, it's a terrible outcome, erin. it's not just shutting down the government. it is actually saying to the creditors of the united states we're not going to deliver on the full faith and credit of the united states. we're going to default on our
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debt. republicans played this card once before, remember, in december of 2011. it was -- it was very dangerous then. our debt was downgraded. it is very dangerous now. >> right. and, of course, the problem is, doug holtz-eakin, i know you're probably more sympathetic to the republican side, but the reality of it is is the money that the debt ceiling is being raised to pay is money that's already been borrowed and promised. i mean it is the full faith and credit of the u.s. government. >> yeah. i think that's right. let's put the rhetoric aside and recognize that there is no fight about raising the debt ceiling. that's not in question. and there isn't even really a fight about the need to control spending. anyone's who's in touch with the debt and the budgetary dynamics knows that we have to control spending, in particular, the entitlement programs, that it would be a disservice not to fix those programs and have them fall apart underneath their beneficiaries. the only real fight is about the best approach to those changes, and that is a disagreement. it's a legitimate one. and it seems to me that the best thing that could happen is to get ahead of that and start
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working on those disagreements, and that can happen one of two ways. the president could put forward some sort of proposals and not wait till the 11th hour and do what we did before, or it could go through regular order in the senate where -- or the house and the senate, let the house pass something, have the senate pick it up, go to the conference, but let's start working on this problem. >> let me ask you. newt gingrich obviously knows a lot about this and a lot about government shutdowns. >> yes. >> he warned fellow republicans today that, all right, you guys may want to get the spending cuts, but if you're going to use the debt ceiling and hold people hostage because you know you have to increase that, he says that is, quote/unquote, a dead loser. here he is. >> in the end, you know it's going to happen. the whole national financial system is going to come into washington by television and say, oh, my god, this would be a gigantic heart attack, the entire economy of the world will collapse, you guys can't be responsible, and they'll cave. >> so are republicans making a strategic mistake here, doug, to even use the debt ceiling as leverage since we all know they will end up having to raise it?
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>> they will have to raise it. the president's going to have to raise it, and the debt ceiling is not the problem. the problem is the debt and the spending that's driving the debt. and so the number one thing is to avoid, "a," the notion that speaker boehner can trot down to the white house and somehow we can solve the nation's problems or, "b," that we want do this at the 11th hour at all. instead we want our congress and our president to do their job. and i for one believe that in moments like this, presidential leadership is an imperative. but the president doesn't want to put a plan out, and he's shown no appetite for taking on this problem. then the house should pass something, and the senate needs to act. all right, robert. >> they have not had the senate pass anything in years. >> robert, shouldn't the president be the one that comes out with a plan and says this, look, i'm so sick of this petty, stupid, sandbox unpleasantness rather than the word i would prefer to use there, i'm sick of it, and so i'm going to put out, here's my plan. >> yes. erin, the president has put out a plan.
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he put out a plan in 2011. he put out another plan in 2012. he has come up with spending cuts, proposed spending cuts -- proposed spending cuts in the military. he's even come up with some very controversial proposals for entitlement reform. the republicans have come up with their own ideas. there is a disagreement about those ideas. the problem right now is what is the weapon of choice with regard to getting your ideas in place? and i agree with doug. we should not be playing with the debt ceiling, but that is, in fact, what the republicans are planning. and i think it's just irresponsible. >> right. >> i never agree with newt gingrich on anything, but i'm going to agree with him tonight on this. >> i just don't understand what leverage is going to be enough, right? a deadline, a fiscal cliff, a super committee. i mean nothing. these guys don't seem to care what deadline you put in front of them or what leverage. they still won't do it. >> well, i mean for the record it shouldn't require leverage. they should, in fact, do this because it's a problem for our nation. you know, with all due respect to bob, the president's proposals are to cut $365 billion out of entitlements over
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ten years, and we're borrowing $100 billion a month. they aren't in the ballpark of what we need. you know, we've seen the house pass their ideas. it's happened. the senate doesn't have to like them, but they should take them up and provide some alternatives. that's never happened. so we do have to change the way we do business, and we do have to get proposals that are in the ballpark of the size of the problem. >> all right. thanks so much to the both of you. we appreciate it. >> thank you. and still to come, one of our guests says the next president of the united states, the next one will be black. does it add up? >> plus, a sandy relief package, a little one, finally passed today by the house and the senate, but a new jersey congressman says it is too little and too late. and a popular hollywood actor says he took on starbucks and won. mcdreamy, otherwise known to some of you perhaps as patrick dempsey, comes "outfront."
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our second story "outfront," too little, too late. that's how new jersey congressman frank pollone is describing the $9.7 billion sandy relief package that actually today did pass the house and then later on the senate. pollone and other lawmakers in new york and new jersey want $60 billion. now, house speaker john boehner says there's going to be a vote on the remaining $51 billion. he says it's going to happen on
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january 15th, but that is not good enough for representative pollone, and he's "outfront" tonight. so let me -- let me just start off with the bill that happened today -- >> sure. >> -- which was really to deal with flood insurance -- >> right. >> -- the $9.7 billion deposit. 67 people voted no for it, including paul ryan. he said washington shouldn't be creating new debt, and he said that -- and i'll quote him -- it would be irresponsible to raise an insolvent program's debt ceiling without making necessary reforms. debt ceiling may be an ominous sign of the future. what's your response to that though? the national flood insurance program is in crisis. >> well, the point is that people paid their premiums and now they suffered and have damage, and now paul ryan and others are saying they shouldn't -- the claims shouldn't be paid. i mean it's ridiculous. i mean if you paid for any kind of insurancend you found out they weren't going to pay the claim, what would you think? i mean that's essentially what they're saying. >> all right. so in terms of the vote today, what's going to happen next? charlie rangel, a member of your party, was celebrating.
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here he is. >> i think it's been a good day for congress and for the country. it reinforces the concept we've had since the beginning of this nation that if any part of our country is affected by a disaster, that they can and should expect the rest of the country to come to the rescue. >> congressman pollone, he said the sandy aid bill got messed up basically because of communications and there's going to be no problem, it's going to move ahead, and everything's going to be fine. >> i'm very concerned. i mean as you know, speaker boehner made a commitment at the end of the last congress that this whole package was going to come up, and if it had come up, we would have had the votes, it would be on the president's desk, and we'd be rebuilding the shore again. now we have to wait another two or three weeks, we don't know exactly what's happening, and the speaker has divided this up into essentially three different votes. we have to get a majority each time, and then we have to go back to the senate where the bill had already passed before in the larger package. >> so you're worried that it may not be as easy as. january 15, you get the other $51 billion and you're done.
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>> no, i don't think so. because remember what happened today is the easiest thing. i mean essentially what they did today is just extend the borrowing authority like the debt ceiling, if you will, for the flood insurance program. very few people are opposed to that because the people have already paid their premiums, and they should collect. but now we're talking about the actual money that would be used to rebuild the shore, and i'm very concerned about that, and i don't think it should have been divided up. and, you know, you have basically these tea party republicans that don't want to spend any money. >> so why, though, do you need the $51 billion? so fema, right, has given $1.2 billion about in assistance after sandy, half a billion of that in new jersey. appropriations chairman hal rogers says fema has plenty of money. there's no immediate need. you know, fema is saying, look, we're okay. >> that money, erin, is just for the emergency. in other words, that was to help people, you know, pay for a motel, you know, for food and clothing in the few weeks after the storm. the rest of the money, the $60 billion package, is for
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rebuilding. in other words, this is -- you know, this will give the sva money to give out loans to businesses. this will give community development block grants so people can make grants to rebuild their homes. this will get -- this will be money for the army corps to put the beach replenishment and the dune restoration to protect the shore from the future. >> right. what about, though, rebuilding of the homes? this is the bigger question as we have more storm events going on around the country. >> right. >> should we be giving money to people to rebuild in areas that are flood zones? i mean if you as a home buyer cannot afford and take on the full risk yourself of what happens if there's a storm, should taxpayers ever be on the hook for that? >> well, again, a big part of this is to rebuild in a way that's more protective. for example, if i can use sea bright, new jersey, which is in my district. the business district was destroyed, so they have a plan to basically rebuild the business district, you know, on pilings so if a storm comes again, it won't be negatively impacted the way it was this time. so there's a lot in there that's actually very future-oriented in trying to rebuild in a way that
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will be protective of the future. >> all right. well, congressman pollone, thank you very much for taking the time. we're going to be watching for that sandy vote and when it happens and if it happens, of course, on january 15th. and as i said, more superstorms are coming to the united states. sandy was the biggest hurricane in pure mass ever, and there will be bigger and bigger ones coming, which is why it's even more frightening that we almost didn't even know about sandy's power until it was too late. a new documentary from called "the coming storms" shows what actually happened. >> just a month before sandy, one of those key goes satellites that monitors the atlantic and caribbean where sandy was born went down. >> it was enough uncertainty while we're still in hurricane season that we took the precautionary measure to move the other satellite over. >> perhaps, some experts say, a foreshadowing. dr. kevin tremberth of the national center for atmospheric research says noaa got lucky. they had a backup satellite standing by. >> if there's a major failure of
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the satellites, that would be a major disaster indeed. we would be blinded in many respects. we would not be able to see what's going on in the system as well as we can now. >> it's pretty amazing. there's some serious questions raised by "cnn presents," which explores this sunday at 8:00 p.m. "the coming storms." our own chad myers is "outfront" tonight. we're really looking forward to this show because it shows how bad things might be. what would happen if researchers didn't have that satellite? if you look at sandy on a mass scale the biggest storm we've ever seen. >> you have to understand when we talk about a forecast over the united states, we have all these weather balloons go up so we know where and how the wind is going, how fast, what direction. there are no weather balloons going up over the ocean. that satellite is our own eye to
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what the winds are doing, how the storm is progressing. and we have now, the weather service noaa has run, rerun the computer models without the satellite, without the polar orbiting satellite data in and just 24 hours out, that forecast was still forecast to miss the u.s. could you imagine with 23 hours' notice we'd have to yell at everybody there in new england and new york and new england, get out, get out, get out, here it comes because we didn't think it was coming but here it is, that's how tonight those satellites are. >> is this the risk we're facing in the future when you look at superstorm sandy? everybody says it's once in a century event. or is it. are we going to see a lot more storms like that when we don't know how big or where they are? >> here's the issue. we get once a century flood like every five years now. it's tremendous what our threshold of pain used to be. what we used to think of a
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500-year this or 1,000-year this coming true much more often. humans are getting in the way. no question we're building cities along the coast. but we're also paving a lot of the united states so it can't soak in, the water runs off making bigger floods. the problem with it now is there's so much more carbon dioxide in the air. it's proven there's more co2, parts per million than ever before this year. that co2 holds in heat. that's proven. i don't care how you think it got there. i don't care. it got there. it's going to warm the air. warm the ocean. hurricane sandy in the ocean was on top of water that was 2 degrees warmer than it should have been. so hurricane sandy was a bigger storm than it should have been because it was basically halloween. the storm should not have been blowing up like it did, but the water was still warm and when that happens the potential is always there for it to get bigger. >> all right. thank you very much, chad myers. >> you're welcome. >> you can catch "cnn presents: the coming storms." right here.
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al gore, the biggest payday. according to the "new york times," the deal will go al gore who owned 20% of the station -- obviously the deal has drawn some criticism. let's start first --
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al gore's massive payday. so the former vp has sold a company to al jazeera and the price tag, half a million dollars. according to "the new york times," the deal will give al gore 20%. al gore personally. you can do the math. $100 million payout. he co-formed it. it has struggling viewership. we have the inside story tonight. there's so many parts of this that i find amazing, ironic, fascinating. let's start with the fact that al gore, winner of the nobel peace prize, known as an environmental guy company sold it, a government of qatar. built on oil wealth, the green problem and a country that has shown links to hard-lined links to al qaeda. >> i think he did the deal because it was the best option he had. he wanted to sell this channel, he wanted to get it off his hands after nearly eight years of getting almost nowhere with it. in some cases it's declined over time. that never happens in tv. but we saw him several months ago i want to sell it, i'm not sure to who and by the end of the day, he saw this was his only option. it's pretty clear al jazeera overpaid. >> they wanted to get access in the american market. the minute the deal is announced time warner cable says we're not going to air current anymore. what's going to happen here? i mean is this going to be a colossal failure? >> it's going require more than $500 million over time. they have homes like direct home, comcast. they've got a decent amount of the country, not nearly all of
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it. i think they're going to have to spend a lot of money on marketing and promotion and talent for the channel. if they want to compete with the likes of cnn and bbc, they're going to have to invest a lot more money. >> first there's the irony of the oil well and the government that funds other things and the third, al gore, big democrat, wants to get this deal done on december 31st and there's a reason for that. >> new year's eve because the tax rates were lower. they went up on new year's day. they were desperate to get it done. they told the distributors whose arms they were twisting they wanted to get it done. unfortunately for al gore they didn't. they got done on wednesday. it's unclear how much he had to pay in taxes but we're talking a significant chunk of change. >> it could be somewhere around 8, $9 million. funny. why did it happen? if he wanted it done that badly
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and it was done the day after, was there a hiccup or some sort of problem? >> they haven't let me in. i've been surprised by the lack of access to figure out what's going on. maybe that's because it leaked out before they were ready to talk about it. maybe because they haven't decided what to do with the current staff members. there are hundreds of staff members that are probably going to get laid off. hosts like eliot spitzer, jennifer granholm, joy behar, not sure what's going to happen to them. it's a very strange way to see this channel sputter off after so many years. >> there's one thing i know. al gore is a richer man. >> he is. still to come, will our next president, not this one, the next one, i'm not making a mistake here, be black. one of our guests says yes but does it add up. plus the navy takes on bath salts with a disturbing new public service announcement. about health care... soe i tuned it all out. with unitedhealthcare, i get information that matters... my individual health profile. not random statistics. they even reward me for addressing my health risks.
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welcome back to the second half of "outfront" on a friday night. we'll start with stories where we're focusing our reporting from the front lines and we'll begin with something we learned from washington. chuck hagel will likely be the nominee for defense secretary. the white house has told some members of congress to expect the president to nominate hagel. o with the nomination coming as early as next week, the white house had recently said no
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decision had been made, it was thought as controversial by some given his comment he's made in the past relating to gays. thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets. they're calling for the release of prisoners who they say were detained because they're sunni. we're told prime minister nuri al maliki is marginalizing sunnis. the new england compounding center, that's the company linked to the deadly outbreak as pinned some of the blame on their cleaning service. in an s.e.c. filing they got a letter saying they take legal
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responsibility for the claims related to the meningitis outbreak but they say they only provided 90-minute cleaning oo sessions for necc a month so the owe owe claims are without merit. united states add 155,000 jobs in december, enough to keep up with population growth. the unemployment rate held firm at 7.8%. the economists we spoke to talked about increases in hourly rates. those are good signs. if those go up, you theoretically need to hire new people. it's been 519 days since this country lost its top credit rating. what do we do to get it back? owe today there was job days and the s&p 500 responded closing at its highest level since 2007. and get ready for the second black president. not our theory but buzzfeed's ben smith. african-americans represent a vital voting bloc in democratic primaries and they, like most ethnic groups, typically rally around the favorite son or
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daughter. "outfront" tonight ben smith and salam and roland martin. great to see all of you. owe you've got african-americans. they like other ethnic groups may be loyal to a person but they're still a small voting group. >> we're talking south carolina, 55%. i mean really the thing -- the core of the argument is they expect things to be different. the house republicans screwed up last week, they'll screw up this week. it's a repetitive business and obama showed this clear path through a democratic primary process and i think they're going to be two very strong african-american candidates probably looking at 2016 and who see they have a path. >> who are they? >> i mean the two who come to my mind are deval patrick, former massachusetts governor, sort of classic insider with credentials. and then cory booker, the mayor of newark who is kind of in terms of his persona is a super mayor. he has the kind of access to the national media and fund-raiser that you need and it looks like he's running for senate. >> you know, rand, i always love that you say what you
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think. last night when you saw ben's argument, you tweeted, quote, your theory is insane. ain't going to happen. of the two, he's more plausible than booker. won't happen. why not? >> first of all if you examine in terms of this whole notion, in 1992, virginia governor douglas wilder, short-lived run for president. al sharpton ran in 2004 along with former senator carol moseley-braun. it's not like black folks ran behind their campaign, although president obama was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. you can't assume that african-american voters are going jump behind anybody who's running. david dinkins, first black mayor of new york. still the first black mayor. lee brown, first black mayor of houston. he's the first black mayor.
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you have examples of what you had first and you did not have successors follow them for a variety of reasons. >> a variety of reasons and certainly it would depend on president obama being a two-term president. and being seen as a successful president. nobody's going to elect a democrat if his term is a disaster but we're not talking carol moseley braun or al sharpton. we're talking about people with star power and qualifications. what president obama showed is all else being equal -- >> they're very obamaesque both of them. >> let me remind you. carol moseley-braun was a former united states not. it's not as simple to say just because you're black you're going to automatically get the same kind of support and let me also say something that people don't want to deal with. the african-american political structure, there's still this belief what do you get from having somebody who is african-american.
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you're going to see white democrats play a different role. >> but sure. that infrastructure that did not like barack obama was not able to stop him. >> actually. actually it did, ben. >> what else are we missing? >> another thing to keep in mind, barack obama was. just the candidate of african americans as ben noted in his article. he was also the candidate of upscale college-educated white liberal voters and the thing is in a democratic white primary right now, if you get both of those constituencies, you have a very formidable voting block. when you look at a lot of these other attendants, people look at hillary clinton by virtue of being a clinton would get the popular vote. so that's the other piece. that's the complicating story with ben's story. if you have a woman who's running as well, that's another powerful identity politics play
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that could confuse the picture, versus candidates like booker and a candidate like patrick. remember that barack obama in his 2000 run for congress he ran against an african-american from the south side of chicago who said that barack obama wasn't really authentic and he didn't have an authentic tie. cory booker also has that. they have potential liabilities as well. >> we're making a huge mistake and that is governor deval patrick is a governor. i have been saying mayor cory booker will be president one day. you're putting cart before the horse. he's the mayor of newark. he hasn't won the u.s. senate state. he hasn't gotten there. you're not going to see a mayor
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go to the oval office. let cory do his current job. they have been foisting these sort of -- these sort of hype on him for a decade now. my deal is focus on your john now because if you keep planning for that next job unite mott get the senate job. >> let me ask you something else you write. you go beyond saying the next president would be black. you actually go and say something else. i'll quote you here. the romney/ryan debacle probably presented one thing. the republican party will probably never present with two white men on the ticket. >> i think the republican party -- in the ways you saw in the popularity of herman cain who came out of nowhere, they're desperate to have a party that looks like america and have leadership that looks american. and they have a handful of extremely strong candidates who aren't white. i think that party's leadership and its rank and file are very eager to break out of this pattern as well. >> what about hillary? when you talk about a female candidate, four years ago when she ran, everyone thought, you know, she would be the one that would get the nomination and she didn't.
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a lot of people say it was because she was a woman and people had a bias and a perception. now what? now they say hillary is the one everybody loves. hillary is not just a woman. any other woman who isn't so well known and gone through this fire might just be dismissed. >> it's tricky. one of the interesting things about hillary clinton is she's not as dis-liked by republicans as you like, that's partly because she's familiar figure that's been around for a long time. so in that sense she has a unique advantage but you have a small cadre of women -- >> oh, my god, half the country would be moving to russia. >> she's a progressive fire brand that wins supporters. there are going to be women who
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are part of this process and there are a lot. >> thanks very much to all three of you. and why did i say everyone move to russia and not canada? you'll find out later in the program. it's with purposeful choice. a horrible story here because there's dramatic public service announcement by the american navy warning about the dangers of this designer drug. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is "outfront." >> reporter: it's a shocking video in which an actor plays an american sailor high on bath salts. he sees other sailors as demons, punches his girlfriend and gets wheeled into the e.r., pinned down by paramedics. >> bath salts not only will jack up your family and your career. it will jack up your mind and
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your body too. the navy is increasing efforts to warn sailors after military doctors started seeing more cases. these bath salts don't have anything do with therapy like the salts you do at home. >> what we talk about are very potent synthetic drugs that are probably synthesized somewhere overseas, possibly china. >> this doctor has seen dozens of cases first hand. >> people act very primal instincts. >> he's seen people who think they have super human strength and will almost impossible to do. >> we see rips out, the taser wires, they're impervious to pain. don't really feel anything. >> why are bath salts popular with troops? they're sold under catchy names like bolivian bath or vanilla sky.
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they only costs $25. >> it's sometimes cheaper than other drugs on the street. it's readily available. >> you can inject or snort it, smoke it, or swallow. and it doesn't pop positive on a normal urinalysis. in 2011 an army sergeant killed himself, his wife, and young son while he was high on bath salts. the navel academy kicked someone out for use of spice. it's hard to keep up with the science. >> all the drug dealers, the chemists have to do is manipulate the molecule ever so slightly. you have a new drug, a new chemical that kind of flies under the radar. >> in fact, since they banned the chemical, another chemical called naphyrone started showing up and it's ten times as potent as cocaine. bath salts can't not being detected during a urinalysis but just this week they started testing sailors and marines specifically for the drug.
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chris lawrence, cnn, the pentagon. and still to come, actor patrick dempsey says he took on starbucks and won. he comes "outfront" and tells the story. and vladimir putin adding another star to his collection. is it mcdreamy? no fear. we'll have the answer. of good bacteria. trains live the regular life. phillips'. mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because it offers a superior level of protection, and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. [heart beating]
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and we're back with tonight's outer circle where we reach out to our sources around the world, and tonight we want go to india because the boyfriend of the woman who died after being brutally gang raped in new delhi is speaking out for the first time and he told reuters, i'll quote him, the men
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tried to run over us, we had no clothes. we waited there hoping someone would help us. lawmakers are proposing new measures to try to deal with sexual violence against women in india but people in one village are not waiting. they've taken the matter into their own hands. >> reporter: indian women fighting back, beating a local politician, ripping off his shirt. he was staying in the village in northern india when he allegedly raped a local woman in the middle of the night. the politician's vehicle is not spared either. dabbed with the word gunda, meaning goon. the woman, a middle-aged mother of two, the accused now under arrest and soon to be charged according to local police. his party leaders disowning him. >> translator: we condemn such kind of incidents and if he's found guilty, then the law will take its own course. >> reporter: such stories would have gone unnoticed especially in rural india where rape is commonplace and the stigma surrounding sexual assault dissuades victims from reporting rape cases.
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but now what was taboo in india is on the front pages and leading tv news. and the evidence is shocking. a 19-year-old girl set herself on fire after being harassed by a neighbor for years. she died in hospital friday. a woman jumped off a moving train after two soldiers allegedly tried to molest her. india law is vague on sex crimes but charges such as outraging or insulting the modesty of women. now will are demands for complete overhaul of the legal framework. the watershed moment, the brutal gang rape of a medical student in new delhi last month. stirring unprecedented public outrage.
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>> the best tribute to her memory is how each one of us here can work to make sure that this never happens again. the entire country is watching us with great expectations. we cannot fail their hopes. i think we need to set the agenda here with two words, zero tolerance. >> reporter: the minister has called for more female police officers, a help line has been set up and one state plans a public website with details of all convicted rapists. the big question now, whether all the promises will become a reality and help the women become more secure. >> now we go to birmingham, england, where malala yousafzai has been released. we're following malala and i asked him what's next. >> she'll be convalescing at first in their new home in birmingham, england. near the hospital. still she continues to receive treatment and therapy as an outpatient. they say although she's being discharged now, she'll have to
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be readmitted at the end of this month, beginning of february for reconstructive surgery on her skull which was, of course, shattered when she was shot at point blank range in the head by taliban men last october. so really great to see these latest pictures of malala walking out of hospital, but these are just first steps along what is likely to be a very long road toward recovery. erin. >> i love that sweet little wave that she gave. >> our fifth story out front,
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mcdreamy verses the mermaid. he said he's now the proud owner of a small seattle-based coffee chain. starbucks, the coffee giant, came in with the mermaid logo. they said not so fast. who is the new owner of tully's coffee. the owner? patrick dempsey. it took this to get you on the show, but we're excited to have you. why did you want to do this? why buy a coffee chain? >> tully's is a beloved brand here. there's such a loyal following between the workers and customers that it just felt right and it came together in many ways quite easily. and it's really exciting to be a part of this movement, really. and it was a brand that needed to be preserved. there were 500 jobs at stake. and you know, it just felt right. and i'm really excited about this. we had a great day today going around to all of the different stores and meeting the managers and the employees and the customers, and you find the passion behind this brand and this coffee company is really quite exciting. >> it was funny. you tweeted out last night, it caught everyone's attention, your tweet, we met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and she blinked. we got it, thank you seattle. obviously talking about the mermaid. >> yes. this was a company that wanted to bury this company and to put 500 people out of work.
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and it was a very emotional 13 hours in the room to try to get this company and to save these jobs. and it was a very long battle. >> now, let me ask you a little biabout that. starbucks says to us that, you know, if they were to win the auction, and it's going to be decided formally in court in a few days, but they would allow everyone who works at tully's to go ahead and reapply. they also say their offer was $10.6 million, which they say is higher than yours at $9.2 million. so are you sure this is really done? that you're going to be the new owner? >> i am, i really am. i think they're not really accurate in what they're saying, but there were ten people there making a decision, and we were the best bidder, and i think they made the right decision. >> and so let me ask you about sort of again a little more about why you did this. you love the brand and you wanted to get involved there,
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but why seattle? why do this? i know you're into a lot of different things. you have racing, car racing. you're a guy with a lot of different interests, but why this, why now, and why seattle? >> well, it presented itself to me. i thought it was a great opportunity. i love seattle. i like this town very much, as you know, i grew up in a small town in maine. the pacific northwest reminds me a lot of maine. i have a strong connection here. i think a lot of it has to do with the show, and when i'm on the stage shooting "grey's anatomy" i see images of seattle all the time. to be here in the studio is where we have the hospital at seattle grace. >> oh, really? >> oddly enough, i have a strange connection here, and i feel very comfortable here. and the way this has unfolded, it just seems to be the right thing to do. and even the connection with the customers and the employees and tully's has been a very quick but very exciting, and there's a great passion with all of this. >> so are you going to be spending more time up in seattle?
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>> oh, yeah, i think it's very important to be involved in the management of this company and turning it around. there's a lot of work we need to do, cleaning it up and getting some stability in this company. just giving us a strong foundation. certainly looking internationally and to expand over there, but to keep what we have going here and to stabilize that. there's a lot of work to do, and i like that challenge. and certainly, i'm in show business, it is a business, and this is one more extension of doing business, which i love doing. >> thank you so much. really appreciate you taking the time, and good luck to you. >> thank you very much. >> "outfront" next, vladimir putin about to add another major movie star to his collection. they're flocking to him. we'll tell you who it is. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth.
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yesterday, we brought you a story about the french actor gerard depardieu. he was frustrated with france's high tax rates and thought they could go higher, so he announced he is giving up his french citizenship and is going to move somewhere else. right now, it appears russia is the most likely destination, but he's not the only one. today, another french star has
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announced she is going to do exactly the same thing. legendary actress brigette bardot has announced she's considering moving to russia if putin is willing to give her citizenship. unlike depardieu, she's leaving over animals. a french court has ordered that two circus elephants be euthanized due to fears they're carrying tuberculosis. she runs an animal rights foundation and wants those elephants spared. she said i have decided i will ask for russian nationality to get out of this country which has become nothing more than an animal cemetery. she's obviously very passionate about the issue, but it raises an interesting question. why is everybody picking russia? is it okay to turn your back on
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